On Saturday, Bruno, I and some friends headed over to Saltwell Park in Gateshead to watch the bonfire night fireworks. The tickets were only £3 per person, which I thought was very reasonable, considering the amount of entertainment, which included live music, lots of food and drink stands, some mechanic bulls and other typical fair rides and the fireworks.
The park is enormous, and getting into the event was easy. There were several entrances you could use, so there was no queue to get in, and they simply scanned the QR code from the tickets, and you were good to go!
It was a pretty cold evening, and it rained on and off for a few minutes at a time, but that wasn't going to stop us from having fun, drinking some coffee, watching some live music and enjoying the fireworks!
There were lots of fun rides for children, but also a few for adults. We particularly enjoyed watching a mini version of the 'Total Whipeout'. The kids kept falling over and getting hit with these mechanical arms, and it was honestly hilarious!
All the food stands smelled incredible. There was something for everybody: chilli, burritos, fish and chips, you name it!
We checked a few stands before heading down to the front stage and field, where we then waited for the final countdown. Another great entertainment for both kids and adults that was available was the mechanical bull.
The fireworks were better than I was expecting. Particularly since I moved from London to Newcastle, I always expect the fireworks on New Years Eve and any other day to be quite 'simple' and to finish quickly. But that was not the case. They went on for about 15 minutes, and I loved every second of it! There was also a huge fireplace near the stage, which added an extra touch of 'cosy' to the whole event. The live music was great too, and Metro Radio was broadcasting live during the event.
I love everything about fireworks. I thoroughly enjoy the mixture of light and sounds, with the element of surprise of not knowing which type of firework comes next. Not only that, but fireworks make me feel as if new beginnings are possible, new dreams are to conquer and new adventures are on the way!
Once the fireworks were finished, we headed over to one of the coffee stands to get some coffee, before heading back to the car and calling it a night.
It was such a fun and different evening. I feel like I'm ready for Christmas and everything it entails: all the baking, shopping madness, Christmas decorations, hot chocolates, blankets, Christmas movie marathons....now that both Halloween and Bonfire night are out of the way, it only feels right to begin all the preparations that will lead to Christmas.